Frequently Asked Questions
Driving a Lemon? California has one of the most Consumer friendly Lemon Laws in the United States. Don’t let the manufacturers bully you into thinking that you don’t have any rights or remedies if your find yourself in a “lemon.” If you bought a vehicle that turns out to be a lemon you do have rights and we can help you.
What qualifies under California Lemon Law?
Generally speaking, if a dealership is unable to repair your car, truck, SUV, RV, 5th wheel, travel trailer, ATV, motorcycle, boat, etc. within a “reasonable” number of repair attempts within the warranty period you may have a claim under the California Lemon Law.
Do I need a specific number of repair attempts before I can have a California Lemon Law Claim against the Manufacturer?
No. The California Lemon Law does not require a specific number of repair visits. The law states that a dealership must be given a reasonable number of repair opportunities in which to repair a vehicle. Generally four visits for the same issue will qualify, however, safety related issues may only require two visits. Each case will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis therefore make sure to contact our office to discuss your specific situation.
Does the problem “Have” to be safety related in order to qualify under California Lemon Law?
No. The vehicle must contain a non-conformity covered by the warranty that substantially impairs the vehicle’s use, value or safety to the buyer/lessee. Generally if the vehicle is suffering from a safety related problem fewer repair attempts would be required in order to qualify.
Does the Lemon Law Apply to a Leased or Used Vehicle?
Yes. Leased Cars as well as Used Vehicles are afforded the same protection if your vehicle was covered by the original manufacturer warranty.
Are only Motor Vehicles Covered?
No. California Lemon Laws and Federal Lemon Law (Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act) provide laws entitling consumers to compensation from manufacturers for more than just defective automobiles. The Lemon Law also applies to motorhome’s, 5th wheels, travel trailers, ATV, motorcycles, boats, jet skis as well as other consumer goods.
Does the Lemon Law only apply to personal use vehicles or can it also apply to vehicles which are used solely for business use?
Yes. Vehicles that are primarily used for business are also covered by the Lemon Law. There is a restriction under the law which is that (1) no more than five vehicle’s may be registered in the business name; (2) the vehicle’s gross vehicle weight must not exceed 10,000 pounds.
Does my vehicle need to have less than 18,000 miles to qualify under the Lemon Law?
No. The Lemon Law may apply if the vehicle is being repaired for warranty issues. The Lemon Law may still also apply if the warranty period has expired as long as it had undergone repairs during the warranty period for the same issue.
Does my vehicle need to be less than 18 months old to qualify under the Lemon Law?
No. As long as the vehicle is being repaired for warranty issues the vehicle may qualify under the law. The Lemon Law may still also apply if the warranty period has expired as long as it had undergone repairs during the warranty period for the same issue.
Must I first go through arbitration in order to pursue a Lemon Law claim?
No. The consumer does not have to first go through an arbitration program offered by the manufacturer in order to pursue a claim.
Do I have to notify the manufacturer first prior to pursuing a Lemon Law claim?
No. As long as you were going to an authorized dealership to have the warranty work done and you provided them with a reasonable number of repair attempts, the manufacturer does not have to be notified prior to making a lemon law claim against them.